On Saturday morning, the Egyptian archaeological mission resumed its sixth excavation season in Saqqara, headed by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The mission resulted in the discovery of a group of pottery vessels bearing inscriptions in the ancient Egyptian language in the form of demotic lines.
Waziri explained that inside these pots a group of molds of white cheese was found, which is likely to date back to the late period in the time period of the 26th and 27th dynasties.
He indicated that the ancient Egyptians called white cheese “Haram”, which during the Coptic times changed to the word “Haloum”, and then it is now known as “Halloumi cheese”.
Waziri added that another set of pots is still completely closed, and the mission will open them during the next few periods to find out the secrets they contain inside.
According to the secretary-general, Excavations will also be completed to reveal more treasures in this area.
It is worth noting that the Egyptian archaeological mission began its work on the site in 2018.
Through the past five excavations seasons, it succeeded in discovering the unique tomb of the priest of the Fifth Dynasty “Wahi”, in addition to 7 rock tombs, including three tombs from the New Kingdom and four tombs from the Old Kingdom, a facade, and a tomb from the Old Kingdom, in addition to the discovery of more than a thousand amulets of faience, dozens of wooden cat statues, cat mummies, wooden statues, and animal mummies.
In 2020, the mission revealed more than 100 closed wooden coffins in their first cases from the late era inside burial wells, 40 statues of the god of the Saqqara cemetery Ptah-Sokar with gilded parts, and 20 wooden boxes of the god Horus.
This discovery was classified as one of the ten most important archaeological discoveries for the year 2020 and the most eye-catching, according to the American Archeology magazine.
In May 2022, the mission uncovered the first and largest cache of bronze statues in the Bubastien necropolis in Saqqara.
Contributed by Israa Farhan